In the midst of foaming-at-the-mouth at the political give-and-take in health care reform, many prominent pundits neglected to properly inform the public that Stupak’s language allowed for a major incursion into women’s rights.
Stupak-Pitts is a slippery slope: For example, every health insurance company in America could now lose some of its tax benefits. And you could just say that anybody that got a federal loan for housing could not get an abortion.
Pro-choice advocates abided by an agreement not to seek changes to the Hyde Amendment in health reform. Anti-choice factions broke their end of the bargain.
Today, the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals called on Congress to remove the Stupak Amendment from the rinal version of the House health reform bill.
Daily Kos contributor “Adam B” has launched an effort to show vulnerable pro-choice Dems “we’ve got your back.”
“Irrational.” “Hypersensitive.” “Hysterical.” The tone of comments on Daily Kos around the abomination known as the Stupak-Pitts Amendment is: “Calm down, little lady. Get real. Be adults. Doncha know how politics really works?”
Today, President Obama repeated one of the most tired excuses the Democratic party has to its failure to be truly pro-choice. The famous “This is a health care bill, not an abortion bill” excuse. Mr. President: Abortion is health care. It’s women’s health care. And we need you to say that.
Is a Senator who says she’s pro-choice short-circuiting efforts to beat the Stupak Amendment in the Senate by conceding the point less than 48 hours after the disastrous vote in the House on this amendment? Is she signaling for the White House?
By banning private insurers in the public exchange from covering “abortion services,” the Stupak Amendment will affect women with incomplete miscarriages. Like the one I faced last month.
The Stupak Amendment potentially goes farther than any other federal law to restrict women’s access to abortion. The claim that it only bars federal funding for abortions is simply false.